Responding to Richard's comment that "all tape
manufacturers seemed to have created batches of
tape which suffered from this [i.e., SSS]"
I have never ever seen any BASF tape ever go sticky shed.
BASF is one of the worlds biggest chemical companies.
They have always claimed that they had all the knowldedge in house
together with making all the ingredients in house.
So their position is that due to the above none of their tapes will
exhibit sticky shed as they knew how to avoid it.
AGFA, it is the same except for some batches of Agfa 468 during half a
year or so.
I have only seen one real of 468 go sticky despite having transferred
several hundred such reals over the years.
In contrast it is almost a given that any reel of Ampex 456 will go
sticky for sure.
And that is true over here since so far they all need baking.
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